Student posing as Judson teacher sent explicit photos, police say

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Detectives investigating a March report of a Judson Middle School teacher sending sexually explicit images to a student determined they were instead sent by another student. The teacher remains on administrative leave pending the school district’s investigation.

Salem police say sexually explicit images that were shared with a student that prompted a Judson Middle School teacher to be placed on administrative leave were sent by a student posing as the teacher.

The finding comes more than two months after Judson principal Alicia Kruska told families at the school about the district’s own investigation into the teacher based on a complaint about ‘an inappropriate image’ aired on social networks.

District spokesman Aaron Harada said the next day, March 29, that teacher Dean Wright had been placed on leave while the district investigated.

The same day, the Salem Police Department received a report of allegations that a teacher at Judson Middle School sent sexually explicit images to at least one student on the Snapchat app, according to the spokeswoman for the department, Angela Hedrick.

Salem detectives determined “after a thorough investigation into the allegations” that the teacher did not send the images, and instead they were sent by a Salem-Keizer student posing as the teacher, Hedrick said.

The student who police say sent the image has been referred to the Marion County Juvenile Department and charged with unlawfully distributing an intimate image.

Hedrick said Salem police will not release the name of the victim in the case or identify any minors involved in the criminal investigations. Juvenile court records are generally confidential under state law.

The school district’s investigation is still ongoing, Harada said Tuesday.

“The staff member will remain on administrative leave while the district completes its review. This is standard practice,” he said in an email.

Wright declined to comment on the incident when contacted by Salem Reporter.

“I don’t really have much to say other than what the police have already said,” he said.

Contact journalist Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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